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Duke has undeniably been the most dominant team in college basketball this season, with one exception – 3-point shooting.


The Blue Devils have shot just 30.2 percent from distance, and no team with that poor of a shooting percentage has ever even made the Final Four.

The Blue Devils finished the regular season with a 29-5 record, part of which included games without arguably the best player in the NCAA, ​Zion Williamson. After he returned from injury, Duke capped off the season by winning the ACC Tournament, in a year that boasts three No. 1 seeds in the ​NCAA Tournament


That being said, concerns around Duke's 3-point shooting are valid. Despite ranking No. 97 in 3-point field goals attempted per game (24.1), Duke is ranked No. 209 in the country when it comes to makes, sinking just 7.3 3-pointers per game. The volume of threes that the Blue Devils take is alarming considering how poor their shooting percentage is, especially if they run into a cold shooting night during the tournament.


Duke's 3-point struggles stood out in a few of its losses this season. The team shot 21 percent from three in its loss to Syracuse and combined to shoot 16-of-71 (22.5 percent) in its two losses to the UNC Tar Heels this season.  

Although it worked out in Duke's favor in the ACC Conference Tournament semifinal, the Blue Devils' 1-point win is a strong indicator of just how important 3-point shooting is. Had UNC not had such an off shooting night, it's very likely that the Tar Heels would have taken home the ACC Tournament title.


Duke remains the ​odds-on favorite to win the tournament (+220) as well as the East Region, where the Blue Devils have -175 odds, according to ​FanDuel Sportsbook. The next best odds in the East is No. 2 seed Michigan State at +270. There is a huge drop off after that with No. 3 seed Virginia Tech at +1300 and No. 4 seed LSU at +2100.


We will have to wait and see if Duke's Achilles heel comes back to bite them or if Williamson and Co. are just too dominant to be stopped.


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